NP-Y vs HK-Y Dream11 Team: Group A and B table toppers, Nepal and Hong Kong set up a tantalising semi-final clash
They had already booked their safe passage into the semi-finals of the ACC U19 Eastern Region Cup but Monday’s results only went onto further epitomise their sensational quality. Comprehensively winning their final group stage encounters yesterday, Nepal U19 and Malaysia U19 head into the first semi-final of the marquee tournament with one eye on the summit clash.
For Nepal, the win was as easy as they come. Comfortably dismissing Malaysia from their sights, Nepal bundled out Malaysia with disdain for a paltry 87 runs. And perfectly complimenting the spectacular display by the bowlers were the batsmen for the side, cruising to an extremely clinical win as they got around the target with 7 wickets in hand.
Elsewhere for Hong Kong, their rapturous rise in the Asian region has made for delightful viewing. They’ve registered their fourth consecutive win, one which sees them maintain a 100% winning record alongside their opponents today. Piling on a massive 247-9 while batting first, the side never allowed Singapore to get into the game on Monday, seeing them fold out their run chase at 97-5 before rain decided to curtail proceedings to hand them a 51 run DLS win.
Now taking on each other, both these teams know that they have to resonate these same rousing performances which have brought them this far into the frontier event. They’ve travailed to the semi-finals with consummate ease, registering emphatic wins which have made things extremely cumbersome for the rest of the 5 teams taking part in the tournament.
Probably the toughest match we have had to call till now, the identity of both the sides doling out their skill set in the tournament is what makes this is a tricky proposition. There’s hardly been any slipup from either side up till now with both putting on flawless displays to imbed the requisite due processes to see their side to a win.
The only thing which ever so slightly tilts the balance in Nepal’s favour is the depth in their batting unit. They have more than capable batsmen coming in till number 7 and with the overcast conditions bound to offer purchase to the bowlers, we see their batsmen adding on an extra 20 runs which will play a vital role in this match.
Wicket-Keeper for NP-Y vs HK-Y Dream11
He didn’t see himself getting a big score yesterday but throughout the tournament, middle-order bat, Aarush Bhagwat has more than some enough willingness to stick it around at the crease. His 39 ball stay for the 15 runs against Singapore was the same, an inning which saw him play some good shots which see him continue to be in our side.
Batsmen for NP-Y vs HK-Y Dream11
Putting on a 69 run stand for the fourth wicket, Mehran Zeb’s 40 run innings played a vital role in ensuring Hong Kong had amassed enough runs before the wickets started tumbling for them. His departure back to the pavilion sparked a string of dismissals, increasing the worth of his innings. Along with his role as a bowler in the side, he becomes our pick from Hong Kong.
From Nepal we have opted for the duo of Khadak Bohara and Bhim Sharki. Bhim finally cam good for his side with a score of 33 against Malaysia, ensuring that his side got past the finishing line without any jitters and we expect him to emulate the same performance today as well.
All-Rounders for NP-Y vs HK-Y Dream11
The opener’s half-century against Singapore ensured that an opening period of incredible pace bowling by Singapore was thwarted despite sitting at 27-2 at one point. Nasrulla Rana is going to be accompanied by Mohammad Hassan Khan with the duo forming an integral part of their side and its compelling showing in the tournament.
We have opener Pawan Sarraf coming in from Nepal after the immense stature he accords in this side. An ardent cricket player, he’s liasoned along with the rest of his compatriots to scour Nepal to three consecutive wins with his clean hitting ability seeing him record a strike-rate of 139 which helped Nepal put on big scores in the first powerplay.
Bowling Order for NP-Y vs HK-Y Dream11
The leading wicket taker of the tournament with the 10 wickets in his kitty, Nepal’s Sagar Dhakal is our first pick over here. Kushal Malla is going to partner up with him after his restrictive line and length have piled on the pressure from one end, allowing Dhakal to pick up wickets from the other.
We have a partnership coming in from Singapore as well in the form of Vikas Sharma and Mohammad Hasan. Hassan’s 3-18 against Singapore ensured that they always kept chasing the match and were kept behind the equation at all moments, seeing his side consolidate their top spot in Group B.
Captain And Vice-Captain
We have opted for Pawan Sarraf as our captain for this match while Nasrulla is our vice-captain.
ACC U19 Eastern Region Cup
Match: Hong Kong U19 Vs Nepal U19 Semi-Final 1
Date And Time: 9th June, Tuesday- 7:30am IST
Venue: Kinara Oval, Kinara Bandar